Brad Hughley, organist and choirmaster at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta, plays the Rosales pipe organ, op. 29, dedicated in 2004. Commissioned for the dedication is the Toccata Kopanitsa by OHS member Timothy Tikker. The work’s title refers to a Bulgarian dance, the Kopanitsa in a quick 11 meter, and it is cast in the genre of a French organ toccata, adding Asian modes and rhythms.
The Atlanta organ, op. 29, is based on Manuel Rosales op. 9 built in 1981 for First Presbyterian Church in Northridge, California. The two-manual Atlanta organ of 26 stops features four ranks of reeds deployed in five stops, a majestic 16’ principal chorus in the Great which also has an 8’ Trumpet, and another chorus in the Swell which has 16’ and 8’ reeds. Independent mutations of 2-2/3’ and 1-3/5’ pitch on each manual render a Sesquialtera registration on the Great and a contrasting, wide-scaled flute Cornet registration on the Swell. As well, the 1-3/5’ stop on the Great may be used with the chorus as it would have been constituted in many 19th-century Romantic organs. The Great has an 8’ Harmonic Flute (a departure from the Northridge Chimney Flute) and a 4’ Open Flute as well as an 8’ Gemshorn. The Swell includes a Voix Céleste for use with the Geigen Principal, and an 8’ Bourdon. The Pedal has nine stops of pitches 32’ through 4’ including a 16’ Trombone and 8’ Trumpet. The organ has become greatly admired in Atlanta for its tonal beauty and sophistication, flexibility, and adaptation to Anglican liturgy as well as repertoire.
Brad Hughley plays recitals, accompanies, and plays continuo, often with New Trinity Baroque, which has recorded the Charpentier Messe de Minuit and Handel organ concerti. He directs four choirs at the church and they have performed at the 2005 AGO Region IV Convention, the 2003 AAM convention, and have recorded music for Advent and Christmas. He holds an undergraduate degree in Sacred Music from Westminster Choir College (1997, summa cum laude), a Master of Sacred Music degree from Emory University (2000), and a Master of Arts degree in Musicology from Brandeis University.
Dietrich Buxtehude (C. 1637-1707): Toccata in F, BuxWV 157
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639
Claude-Benigne Balbastre (1727-1799): Marche des Marseillois et l’Air Ça-ira
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621): Ballo del Granduca
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847): Prelude and Fugue in G Major, op. 37, no. 2
César Franck (1822-1890): Prélude, Fugue, et Variation, op. 18
Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986): Prélude et Fugue sur le Nom d’Alain, op. 7
Alec Rowley (1892-1958): Benedictus
Timothy Tikker (B. 1959): Toccata Kopanitsa